Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe
Edited by Udo Grashoff
Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe brings together historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, urban planners and political activists to break new ground in the globalisation of knowledge about informal housing. Providing both methodological reflections and practical examples, they compare informal settlements, unauthorised occupation of flats, illegal housing construction and political squatting in different regions of the world. Subjects covered include squatter settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, squatting activism in Brazil and Spain, right-wing squatting in Germany, planning laws and informality across countries in the Global North, and squatting in post-Second World War UK and Australia.
The volume’s global approach is found not only in the variety of topics but in the origins of its authors, who between them contribute specialist knowledge from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North and South America, and Eastern and Western Europe. Bringing together such a wide range of authors and subjects demonstrates the power of comparative research to open up new perspectives. By comparing, for example, toleration of informal housing in Hong Kong and Paris, squatting in the Netherlands and communist East Germany, or slums in nineteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century Africa, the chapters connect different contexts in path-breaking fashion.
Praise for Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe
'The various contributions on cities in Western, Eastern and Southern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South America, Africa and Australia impressively show the worldwide spread of the supposedly peripheral phenomenon of informal living ...The anthology offers a well-founded starting point for further analyses of informal living as a process and result of global urbanisation.'
‘[Brings] major contributions ... to the debate around housing informality.'
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Udo Grashoff is Francis L Carsten DAAD Lecturer in Modern German History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. He examines resistance, opposition, political violence and individual agency in borderline situations. Instead of a simplifying contrasting juxtaposition of rulers and subjects, he is interested in grey areas, negotiations, interactions and hybrid forms. He is author of Schwarzwohnen: Die Unterwanderung der staatlichen Wohnraumlenkung der DDR (2011) and 'In einem Anfall von Depression...': Selbsttoetungen in der DDR (2006). He is currently working on a project titled 'Betrayal within the communist resistance movement against the Nazi regime.'
Alena Ledeneva and Peter Zusi
1. Towards critique and differentiation – Comparative research on informal housing
Udo Grashoff, Fengzhuo Yang
2. Illegal housing: The case for comparison
3. Towards a political economy of toleration of illegality: Comparing tolerated squatting in Hong Kong and Paris
Thomas Aguilera, Alan Smart
4. Squatting in Leiden and Leipzig in the 1970s and 1980s: A comparison of informal housing practices in a capitalist democracy and a communist dictatorship
Udo Grashoff, Charlotte van Rooden, Merel Snoep, Bart van der Steen
5. Squatters and the socialist heritage: A comparison of squatter settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
6. Squatting activism in Brazil and Spain: Articulations between the right to housing and the right to the city
Clarissa Campos, Miguel A. Martinez
7. Favela vs asphalt: Suggesting a new lens on Rio de Janeiro's favelas and formal city
8. Between informal and illegal in the Global North: Planning, law, enforcement and justifiable noncompliance
Rachelle Alterman, Inês Calor
9. Shanty settlements in nineteenth-century Europe: Lessons from comparison with Africa
Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun
10. Squats across the Empire: A comparison of squatting movements in post-Second World War UK and Australia
11. Failed takeover: The phenomenon of right-wing squatting
12. Concluding remarks
Format: Open Access PDF
33 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2020
Publication: February 06, 2020